lunedì 29 agosto 2016

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

Gene Wilder (L.) and Cleavon Little (R.) playing chess in a scene from “Blazing Saddles” (1974). Photo credit: Warner Brothers.

Jerome Silberman, professionally known as Gene Wilder †
(Milwaukee, June 11, 1933 – Stamford, August 28, 2016)

Swan song

吴敏霞 (Wú Mǐnxiá), in an interview given to the 星島日報 (Sing Tao Daily), has expressed her intention to retire from competitive diving after the three-day show in 香港 (Hong Kong) and 澳门 (Macau). “First, after the Rio Olympics I stopped training at all, but then, to prepare for my last show, once again I set foot on the springboard”, she said.
After graduating from 上海體育學院 (Shànghǎi University of Sport), 吴敏霞 (Wú Mǐnxiá) will serve as an official to the 上海 (Shànghǎi) Sports Bureau, so to keep contributing to the sport.

Two Gold Medals: 刘蕙瑕 (Liú Huìxiá) and 吴敏霞 (Wú Mǐnxiá)
Photo: hk.news.yahoo.com

吴敏霞 (Wú Mǐnxiá) writing a special message of regards for the 星島日報 (Sing Tao Daily)’s readers. Photos: singtaousa.com.

Zigzagoon

Dmitry Vladimirovich Andreikin – Tania Sachdev
23rd International Chess Festival; Abu Dhabi, August 21, 2016
Trompowsky Attack D00

1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 d5 3. e3 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Nd2 e6 6. Bd3 b6 7. f4 Be7 8. Ngf3 Bb7 9. Ne5 0-0 10. 0-0 h6 11. Bxf6 Bxf6 12. Qg4!? A new idea, though on the lines of 12. Qh5 Nxe5 13. fxe5 Bg5 14. Rf3 cxd4 15. cxd4 g6 16. Qg4 h5 17. Qg3 a5 18. Raf1 Bh4 19. Qh3 Ba6 20. Bxa6 Rxa6 21. Rf6 Bxf6 22. exf6 Kh7 23. Qh4 Qd6 24. Nf3 Ra7 25. Kh1 Rh8 26. Ne5 Rc7 27. Qg5 Rhc8 28. Nd3 Qf8 29. h4 Rc2 30. Rf3 Rd2 31. Nf4 Qh6 32. Qe5 Rdc2 33. a4 R2c6 34. Rg3 Rc1+ 35. Kh2 R1c6 36. e4 dxe4 37. Qxe4 Kh8 38. Nxg6+ fxg6 39. Rxg6 Qh7 40. f7 Qg7 41. f8=Q+ 1 : 0 Suetin – Butnorius, 6th Soviet Team Chess Cup, Riga 1968. 12. ... Be7 13. Ndf3 f5 14. Qh3 Nxe5 15. Nxe5 Bd6 16. Nf3 Qf6


17. Kh1! No doubt Andreikin read the classics! 17. ... a5? Too little, too slow. Correct was 17. ... Qg6! in order to answer 18. Rg1 by 18. ... Qg4 parrying the threat of breakthrough. 18. Rg1! Now White mounts an attack that will force matters. 18. ... Ba6 19. Bxa6 Rxa6 20. g4 fxg4 21. Rxg4 Kf7. 21. ... Kh7 22. Rag1 Ra7 23. Nh4 is no better. 22. Ne5+ 1 : 0. Mrs. Sachdev resigned in disgust, though a little prematurely, because by now it’s just a cat and mouse game.

Dmitry Vladimirovich Andreikin
Photo: Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival

Shall We Play Fischerandom Chess?

We remind you that the Associazione Culturale “Il Delta della Luna” will participate with its own stand through which it will promote both classical and Fischerandom chess in the annual Festa dello Sport traditionaly staged at the Giardini del Campo di Marte in Florence, Italy, from Monday, September 5 to Friday, September 9 2016, starting everyday at 17,00 and ending at 19,00.
The event is promoted by the Quartiere 2 Campo di Marte and organized by the UISP Comitato Territoriale Firenze.
The entrance is free.

After Midnight

The two Diving Queens in one isle: 郭晶晶 (Guō Jīngjīng) and 吴敏霞 (Wú Mǐnxiá) enjoy the after-midnight sky in 香港 (Hong Kong), after the exhibit show at Victoria Park Swimming Pool. Photo: sports.sohu.com.

The most wanted VIPs to attend the performance show of the Chinese Olympic sports delegation, such as the tycoon 李家誠 (Martin Lee Ka-shing) and his wife 徐子淇 (Cathy Chui) – above, pictured with 吴敏霞 (Wú Mǐnxiá) amidst them. Photo: sports.163.com.

The true surprise, however – proof that a Queendom is well worth a Kingdom – was the apparition of the “dethroned” Queen 郭晶晶 (Guō Jīngjīng) (R.) at the crowning ceremony of the new Queen 吴敏霞 (Wú Mǐnxiá) (L.), with 徐子淇 (Cathy Chui) happily seated amidst them. Photo: sports.163.com.

Emergency exit

Queen of Katwe

Her date of birth is not certain, but it is sure that she grew up in the Ugandan slum of Katwe. When she was three her father died of AIDS and shortly afterwards her older sister Juliet died of an unknown cause. Thus begins the story of Phiona Mutesi, the Queen of Ugandan chess from one of Kampala’s poorest slums who has inspired a major new Hollywood movie. Above, she is pictured with her chess mentor Robert Katende. Photo: Muyingo Siraj.

 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_of_Katwe

Arcovazzi and the Crusades

 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/28/french-mayors-burkini-ban-court-ruling
A woman wearing a burkini on the beach in Marseille, France. Photo: Reuters.

domenica 28 agosto 2016

We (like everyone else) can suddenly become refugees

Arquata del Tronto, Italy: A child plays at a temporary shelter for the earthquake survivors. Photo: Gregorio Borgia/AP.

Barefoot in the Park

吴敏霞 (Wú Mǐnxiá) and 陈艾森 (Chén Àisēn) giving a diving exhibition to the 香港 (Hong Kong) audience on August 28, 2016. Photo: 新华通讯社 (Xīnhuá News Agency)/谭达明 (Tán Dámíng).

The exhibitions were held today in the morning at Victoria Park Swimming Pool as a part of the Chinese Olympic sports delegation’s three-day visit to 香港 (Hong Kong). Photo: 新华通讯社 (Xīnhuá News Agency)/谭达明 (Tán Dámíng).

Olympic swimmer 傅园慧 (Fù Yuánhuì) once again proved to be an irresistible storyteller (even if she said she’s not). Photo: qzcns.com.

And since the Diving Queen 吴敏霞 (Wú Mǐnxiá) is smiling brightly, it must mean that 傅园慧 (Fù Yuánhuì)’s stories were too good to lose. Photo: qzcns.com.

Лебединое озеро (Swan Lake)


Maya Mikhailovna Plisetskaya (Moscow, November 20, 1925 – München, May 2, 2015) was a Soviet-born ballet dancer, choreographer, ballet director, and actress, who held Spanish and Lithuanian citizenship. She danced during the Soviet era at the same time as Galína Sergéyevna Ulánova, another famed Russian ballerina. In 1960 she ascended to Ulánova’s former title as prima ballerina assoluta of the Bolshoi Theatre. [Read more].

Maya Mikhailovna Plisetskaya as Odette in “Swan Lake”
Photo: gorod.tomsk.ru

Maya Mikhailovna Plisetskaya dancing “The Dying Swan” during a Stars of the Bolshoi Ballet performance at Lincoln Center’s Metropolitan Opera House, in New York City, United States, on September 21, 1974. Photo: Linda Vartoogian/Getty Images.

The Day of the Doomed King

 http://www.telegraaf.nl/telesport/26495594/__Van_Foreest_pakt_schaaktitel__.html
Just a remind: 17-year-old debutant Jorden van Foreest is the new Dutch Chess Champion! And, of course, congratulations to him.

Jorden van Foreest
Photo: René Bouwman

獻給萊卡的花束 (Flowers for Laika)

“Fiori per Laika” ™ © Mado Flynn

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Made_in_Italy

Handmade in Italy by Mado Flynn

One World (Not Three)

 http://www.corriere.it/video-articoli/2016/08/28/firenze-viaggio-cinesi-ad-amatrice-cinque-furgoni-aiuti-nostri-fratelli-sfollati/820f5566-6cf4-11e6-baa8-f780dada92e5.shtml?refresh_ce-cp
“Let’s go to Amatrice”. The idea came to Francesco Xia e Luca Zheng, representatives of the Chinese-Florentine community in Osmannoro, Sesto Fiorentino, Florence, Italy. They thought about it no more than ten minutes, and then decided it was time to give a strong signal of belonging to their second country. In less than four hours they made everything. They bought emergency aid goods at wholesale shopping centres, visited almost any factory in Campi Bisenzio and Osmannoro in order to pick up a load of mattresses and blankets, and finally rented five vans. “Five vans with emergency aid for our homeless Italian brothers”, they said. “We want to give a message of solidarity, dialogue, and integration”.
At the dawn of Saturday, they symbolically left to Amatrice from Piazzale Marconi in Osmannoro, where, last July, clashes had arisen between Chinese workers and Italian law enforcement officials during routine inspections of industrial factories in the productive area.

 http://www.corriere.it/video-articoli/2016/08/28/firenze-viaggio-cinesi-ad-amatrice-cinque-furgoni-aiuti-nostri-fratelli-sfollati/820f5566-6cf4-11e6-baa8-f780dada92e5.shtml
“Unity makes strength and creates solidarity regardless of skin color, culture and origin”. Screengrab from the CORRIERETV’s video.

Amatriciana

Amatrice, Italy: Volunteers prepare the pasta dish amatriciana at a camp. Photo: Ciro de Luca/Reuters.

The Flying Dutchboy

Jan Werle – Jorden van Foreest
72nd Dutch Chess Championship; Amsterdam, August 28, 2016
King’s Indian Defence E60

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. g3 0-0 5. Bg2 d6 6. 0-0 Bf5 7. Nh4 Be4 8. f3 Bc6 9. Nc3 e5 10. d5 Bd7 11. e4


11. ... Nh5! A well-conceived novelty which emphasizes the poor position of the White Knight on h4. For 11. ... Ne8 12. Bh1 f5 13. exf5 gxf5 14. f4 e4 15. Be3 Na6 16. Ng2 Nc5 17. Bd4 Nf6 18. Ne3 Nd3 19. Ne2 b5 20. b3 h5 see van Wely – Caruana, FIDE World Rapid Chess Championship, Dubai 2014. 12. Bh1 f5! 13. exf5 gxf5 14. f4? Jan doesn’t seem to catch that the Black Knight is on h5. Stockfish recommends 14. Ng2, but also then Black can go for 14. ... f4! with interesting chances. After all, 14. Be3 was perhaps the more sound choice. 14. ... Nxf4! That’s the difference! 15. Bxf4 exf4 16. Rxf4 Na6 17. Bg2 Be5 18. Rf1 f4! 19. Nf3 Bg7 20. Qd2 Qf6 21. Rae1 Nc5. Black stands much better and, as far as I can see (indeed, not so far), White cannot avoid the loss of a Pawn. 22. Ne4 Nxe4 23. Rxe4 fxg3 24. hxg3 Qxb2 25. Qxb2 Bxb2 26. Ng5 Bf5 27. Rh4 Be5 28. Ne6 Bxg3 29. Rh5 Bg6 30. Rh3 Rxf1+ 31. Bxf1 Be5 32. Rb3 b6 33. Nxc7 Bd4+ 34. Kh1 Rf8 35. Bd3 Be5 36. Ne6 Rf2 37. Bxg6 hxg6 38. Ra3 a5 39. Rb3 Rc2. Jorden went into the ending a Pawn up, and, given his standing as a nearly new Dutch Champion, he can afford to play it for the pure sake of chess. 40. Rxb6 Rxc4 41. Rc6 Rb4 42. Nc7 Kf7 43. a3 Rb3 44. a4 Rd3 45. Ra6 g5 46. Rxa5 g4 47. Ne6 Kf6 48. Rb5 Kf5 49. a5 Ra3 50. Nd8 Kf4 51. Nc6? A selfmate, but with no regrets as 51. Kg2 Ra2+ 52. Kf1 Kg3 was totally hopeless anyway. 51. ... Kg3! 52. Rb1 Kf2! 0 : 1. Mate is unavoidable. Well done, Mr. van Foreest. Ad multos annos!

Jorden van Foreest
Photo: Harry Gielen

Footsteps


Olga Vasiliyevna Lepeshinskaya (Kiev, September 28, 1916 – Moscow, December 20, 2008) was a Soviet ballerina. She was named a People’s Artist of the USSR in 1951. [Read more].

Olga Vasiliyevna Lepeshinskaya performing as Kitri in “Don Quixote” (1940). Photo: State Academic Bolshoi Theater Museum.

Olga Vasiliyevna Lepeshinskaya performing as Oksana in “Taras Bulba” (1941). Photo: State Academic Bolshoi Theater Museum.

The Red-Line Muse

吴敏霞 (Wú Mǐnxiá) performing a dive in the straight position
Photo: 李欣 (Lǐ Xīn)/sina.com.cn

sabato 27 agosto 2016

Through the eyes of a dolphin

Su un viaggio

Apriamo le porte
chiudiamo le porte
passiamo le porte
e alla mèta dell’unico viaggio
         né città
                 né porto.

Il treno deraglia
la nave naufraga
l’aereo s’abbatte
un biglietto è stampato sul ghiaccio.
         Se potessi
                 ricominciare o no questo viaggio
                          ricomincerei.


This Journey

We open doors,
close doors,
pass through doors,
and reach at the end of our only journey
                                                no city,
                                                no harbor.

The train derails,
the ship sinks
the plane crashes.
The map is drawn on ice.
But if I could
       begin this journey all over again,
                                               I would.


Italian translation by Joyce Lussu & Velso Mucci
English translation by Randy Blasing & Mutlu Konuk

Artwork © TastesLikeAnya

Stargate Atlantis

Amatrice, Italy: The devastation caused to the historic town by the magnitude 6.2 earthquake is clearly visible from the air. The quake claimed the lives of more than 290 people. Photo: Gregorio Borgia/AP.

Along the yellow line

Diving Queen 吴敏霞 (Wú Mǐnxiá) appeared to be in a very good mood on the evening of August 27, when, together with the Chinese Olympic sports delegation had a dinner party in 香港 (Hong Kong) attended by the renowned singer 谭咏麟 (Alan Tam). Photo: xw.qq.com.

Olympic swimmer 傅园慧 (Fù Yuánhuì) poses with 谭咏麟 (Alan Tam)
Photo: xw.qq.com

Summer dinner party menu
Photo: xw.qq.com

超時空甩尾 (Redline)

A photograph provided by 艾未未 (Ài Wèiwèi) shows the red line drawn by organizers of an exhibit at the 银川 (Yínchuān) Museum of Contemporary Art to indicate where he could (and above all, where not) place his art. Immediately the Chinese contemporary artist was caught by a “transgressive” idea: he planned to sculpt a “Redline”, so to give a shape and a form to his censorship. As a reply the director of the Museum informed him that his participation in the 银川 (Yínchuān) Biennale (scheduled from September 9 to December 18) was cancelled. 艾未未 (Ài Wèiwèi), however, said that he will finish his “Redline” anyway, even if it would not be displayed in 银川 (Yínchuān), China. Photo: 艾未未 (Ài Wèiwèi).